This seminar will map and critically explore the current expansion of notions of the archive into areas beyond the classical archive, to art, philosophy, film and new media practices. Why is the term archive so attractive now? On the one hand, new technologies have turned the preservation, manipulation and dissemination of traces into a cultural obsession affecting both everyday life and global politics. On the other hand, significant theoretical and media archaeological work has been done on modern storage and recording devices affecting our research. We will bring these practices and theories together, as we explore older and newer models of the archive (from Albert Kahn's Archives de la Planète to YouTube), features like Memento and The Final Cut, found footage films and art installations (from Joseph Cornell to Natalie Bookchin). The material will be in part determined by the interests of the group. Reading will include Benjamin, Kittler, Freud, Foucault, Derrida, Doane, Foster, Ernst, Amad, Fossati and others. All readings in English.